Speaking to a careers adviser inspired Bath mum Lee Paget to return to college and re-take her GCSEs at the age of 40.
Mother-of-four Lee is studying for her English and maths GCSEs after meeting careers adviser Helen Jones at a Bath College open day.
She first attended Bath College as a teenager, to study hairdressing for two years, and hopes re-taking her GCSEs will lead to a new opportunity.
Mrs Paget initially wanted to study midwifery and started volunteering at The Royal United Hospital in Bath to gain experience.
She changed her mind after volunteering, but is now a breastfeeding peer support worker and feels positive about her future.
Mrs Paget, a freelance hairdresser who lives in Newbridge, said: “I’ve always worked in hairdressing, or when the children were little, caring.
“I thought I wanted to go into midwifery but I didn’t know how to go about it. I met up with Helen, started chatting and got an appointment booked.
“Helen advised me what to do: first of all to get my GCSEs, to get some volunteering experience and to get a CV on the go. We started from scratch.”
Bath College offers free impartial careers advice through the National Careers Service, including help to find the right courses and training.
Mrs Paget, who will finish studying for her GCSEs in June, is taking two-hour maths and English lessons each week.
She has been an inspiration to her son, who plans to take a year-long carpentry course at the college.
She said: “It helped me put my life in perspective. It just makes you aware of the skills that you already have and it’s been a bit of a confidence builder.
“I needed to take my GCSEs regardless, but we will see what other options become available.”
To speak to a careers adviser call (01225) 328720.